{day 28 project365 2015… growing in all directions}

How are you with change? Do you absolutely love
it and seek it out? Do you run from change and
try to keep everything the same?

Here are some words of wisdom:

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability,
but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must
straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man
can’t ride you unless your back is bent.
~~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

But, as the Native American proverb says, the soul would
have no rainbow if the eye had no tears. Some joys are
only possible on the other side of sorrow. It is true
when the preacher says, “In much wisdom is much vexation,
and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow”
(Eccles. 1:18). But it is worth it.

In fact, we should pause here and remind ourselves that
all training is painful and frustrating on the way to
skills that later become second nature and lead to greater
joy. The person who will not embrace the pain and frustration
will remain at lower levels of achievement and joy. …
This is basic to all growing up. Part of maturity is the
principle of deferred gratification. If you cannot embrace
the pain of learning but must have instant gratification,
you forfeit the greatest rewards of life.
~~ “The Life of the Mind and the Love of God” by John Piper

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